Turning 50 Ain't So Nifty!

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2015-07-04 11:22:16 -0500
Started 2010-05-30 13:04:50 -0500

It is sometimes painful to look in the mirror. Who is that old, fat, bald guy looking back at me? From the inside I still feel that I am in my twenties or thirties. Where did the last twenty or so years go?

I recently (March 2010) started to see a new doctor and this one began with a physical exam putting his finger in all kinds of body cavities. Come on, do I really have to pay a co-pay for this treatment? (grin) The appointment pretty much addressed the issues of "you're at that age" and rather than handing me a prescription for happy pills, he wanted to send me for round two and round three of more abusive and evasive testing. What contest in hell did I win???

How could I go from mildly healthy (only blood pressure meds) to being a diabetic with severe sleep apnea holding an appointment for a colonoscopy and a fist full of prescriptions and told to quit smoking, lose weight, and exercise more??? (won’t I get enough exercise running to the bathroom with that laxative they give you for the colonoscopy?). It was the results of that blood test that I overnight became a Type 2 diabetic.

The worst of it all is over but I do have a second sleep study to go to. I have a CPAP that sits on my nightstand because I can’t sleep with 80 mile an hour winds blowing up my nose. My diabetes is under control without meds. I have dropped 20 pounds since January.

So this is middle age?

7 replies

Kalisiin 2015-07-04 11:22:16 -0500 Report

I feel ya. I also have sleep apnea, but it is getting much better now that I am losing significant weight. I'm 44, diagnosed three motnhs ago. I got diagnosed with sleep apnea almost thirteen years ago.

IamBubbely 2014-06-10 17:37:06 -0500 Report

I believe my blood pressure meds caused my diabetes…Really, I do! Don't feel that way I am 50+ and after all the depression..I decided to be happy. Now everything seems to be under control..It's hard to change your mind set..but it's not IMPOSSIBLE. Make up your mind today to conquer these feelings..You can do it..Blessings!

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:17:14 -0500 Report

I can so relate. I hike, camp and enjoy the great outdoors. Then bam! Bifocals, diabetes and triglycerides...WHAT! Like you I have become healthier after my diagnosis, but the 50's are fast approaching and I don't want to be there. I don't even have enough gray hair to put me there and I am still a natural brunette. LOL Oh well, I suppose when I turn 70 I will pine for the nifty fifties.

Emma2412 2010-05-30 13:58:57 -0500 Report

Hey, Ray, I love your sense of humor. If you're managing without meds, then more power to you. I think it's great and it is my goal. This week I lost 3 pounds. So, I'm on the road to where I was 20 years ago, a slinky brunette. LOL

RAYT721 2010-05-30 16:09:40 -0500 Report

Hey, kiddo, 3 pounds is really good. It didn't get put on overnight and won't come off that quickly either. It's taken me 6 months to lose the 20 that I've dropped. It is gonna be one pound at a time (sometimes 1/4 or 1/2 pound). What's sorta helped me was trading in the 16 ounce beer cans for 16 ounce hand weights, eating breakfast, swapping "bad" stuff for good (bad sugars, bad carbs, bad fats), and drinking more water. My first a1c level was 6.4 so the doctor is pleased. Now that the doctor is done with me, he's turned me loose on a dentist to medically molest me.